These Common Drugs are Giving You Alzheimer’s

September 17th, 2014
It may be your doctor’s favorite—and most profitable—prescription to write. But these deadly drugs may be putting you at major risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

We’ve told you before about the dangers of sleeping pills and antidepressants. Both drugs put your health at serious risk. And if that’s not bad enough? There’s a class of drugs that combines them.

Benzodiazepines are extremely dangerous. And they’re just about everywhere. Drugs like Xanax, Valium, and Ativan. They claim to treat anxiety, insomnia, and depression. But people also use them for alcohol withdrawal… Even for general muscle relaxation.

It’s no wonder these drugs made up for 35% of the 1.4 million prescription drug-related emergency room visits in 2011 alone. And new research reveals another reason to avoid them…

Taking these drugs for just three months may raise your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD) by 51%.

Researchers followed about 9,000 seniors over the course of six years. They found that the longer subjects took these drugs, the higher their AD risk. Even after adjusting for depression and insomnia—two factors associated with AD—taking these drugs made subjects 40% more likely to develop it.

The numbers are shocking. Researchers claim that long-term use of these drugs is a public health concern… That’s an understatement. We call it a direct threat to your health—even your life.

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The Real Reason You Can’t Lose Weight

You might think you can get by without a full eight hours… But if you want to lose weight, not getting enough sleep could be undoing all your hard work.

Health Watch readers know the importance of a good night’s sleep. It’s one of the easiest ways to support—even boost—your overall health.

Even one night of interrupted sleep can throw you off the next day… But it may be doing more harm than that. Over time, poor sleep might even cause your brain to shrink. That’s just if you’re not sleeping through the night. If you’re losing hours of sleep each night, things get really dangerous…

Is This Popular Tea Hiding a Deadly Secret?

It’s one of our all-time favorite drinks… But its popular extract may be doing more harm than good for your health if you’re not getting it from the right source.

It’s one of the most popular drinks on the planet. But its pleasant taste isn’t the only reason why. That’s because it is one of the easiest ways to support your overall health—and fight off the effects of aging.

Research shows that people who regularly drink it can reduce their risk of high blood pressure by as much as 65%.1 Its polyphenols deliver anticancer benefits in every cup.. It also helps protect your prostate. It’s even a great way to alleviate stress. But where you get it from might undo all of those benefits—or worse.

Five Reasons to Eat More Eggplant

It’s one of the strangest foods your grocer sells… But its health benefits make it worth getting familiar with. Here are five reasons to eat more eggplant.

Aubergine… Garden egg… Eggplant. Call it what you will. Regardless, the health benefits remain the same. And they’re not a food you’ll want to skip.

Here are five reasons to eat more eggplant: